Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Devils Lake Fire grows to 600 acres overnight

BLY, Ore. – The Devils Lake Fire was estimated at 600 acres this morning, with active burning in sage brush, grass and timber.

Firefighters worked through the night to establish perimeter lines on the lightning-caused fire, which was reported about 3 p.m. Monday. It is located on the Bly Ranger District of the Fremont-Winema National Forest near Devil Lake on the Fish Hole Road, 5 miles southeast of Bly.


A Type 3 Incident Management Team assumed command Monday evening. Today, ground crews, heavy equipment and aircraft will continue reinforcing established lines, using natural barriers wherever possible.


Currently there are 8 engines, 2 hand crews, 5 overhead personnel, 2 Dozers, 2 Water Tenders, Air Attack, and 2 Type II helicopters.  Additionally there are 2 engine task forces and 1 type II crew enroute with 1 hotshot crew and 2 more type II crews ordered.

No closures have been ordered and no structures are threatened at this time.


Record daily high temperatures are expected to be set this week. Strong high pressure aloft will build across the western US, which could increase fire behavior. A wet winter and spring yielded heavier-than-normal grasses, which have cured and dried in the recent hot, dry weather, enabling fire to spread rapidly.


South Central Oregon Fire Management Partnership is an interagency fire management program that provides comprehensive wildland fire service to south central Oregon and northwest Nevada. The partnership strives to achieve a more efficient, effective and integrated interagency fire management program for all participating agencies on the lands administered and protected by each agency.


Participating agencies include: Fremont-Winema National Forest, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lakeview District, Sheldon-Hart Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Crater Lake National Park and state lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF).

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